Theresa Acchione

Theresa Acchione

Volunteer Profile

Volunteer Time Adds Up for Accountant

In 2000, Theresa Acchione was just starting her career as a Chartered Accountant (CA), looking forward to building a career at Deloitte and enjoying the rewards of her hard work with family and friends. But life took an unexpected turn when her father was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme. This frightening situation was tempered by her employer’s understanding and willingness to hold her job while she took time off to care for her father. Two years later, after he passed away, Theresa wanted to give back to the community to honour the support she received during her father’s journey. She reached out to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada as a volunteer, and now many years later, Theresa has become a leader in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta.

Initially unsure of how she could best contribute, Theresa began by assisting with registration at Calgary Information Day. During this day of hope and support, Theresa found herself connecting with many other people who had been touched by a brain tumour. Before she knew it, she was being asked to coordinate the Calgary Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk). Taking on the seemingly daunting role was made easier by encouraging words from the previous coordinator.

Theresa led a team of equally motivated volunteers and then coordinated the Calgary Spring Sprint for three years. Each year, Theresa found herself meeting more and more survivors and families offering continued inspiration. “You would think that the people going through it wouldn’t have the time or energy to come out, but they somehow do,” she says in awe. It was this inspiration that led Theresa to begin directing her energy towards the Calgary Support Group as the convenor.

During these years of building community amongst brain tumour survivors and their families in Calgary, Theresa was also successfully growing her career as a CA with Deloitte. As part of this, Theresa built connections between Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Deloitte as a member of the Deloitte Employee Group that solicited the National Platinum Sponsorship for the organization. This professional success combined with her personal dedication to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada was recently commended when Theresa was awarded the Chartered Accountants Association of Alberta’s Early Achievement Award. This award recognizes excellence in both professional and charitable service in the early years of a CA’s career.

Despite her constantly busy schedule of balancing work and volunteering, Theresa says she finds time to help because it is a gratifying cause close to her heart: “It’s not just another task on my to-do list. It is something I want to do, even with many other things on the go.”

Congratulations, Theresa, on your award and thank you for your dedication and kindness to everyone you have met during your years as the Coordinator for the Calgary Spring Sprint and as the convenor of the Calgary Support Group.

Your help is needed to support the brain tumour community. Roles are available in most communities across the country.

If you are interested in donating your time and talent, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Volunteer Services Specialist
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231


Share This

Featured Story

Lawrence's Story: Be happy, live happy

Lawrence, a successful businessman, is not one to take a decline in memory lightly. Lawrence was in Winnipeg, at home on leave from his job in New York City when he had his first seizure. “I couldn’t remember names; my cat, my brother, my parents. It would last half an hour at a time.” He went to his doctor, who told him that as he’d just turned 50, he would likely experience memory decline.

Learn more

Spotlight

Alicia's Story: You gotta laugh every day

It’s hard to capture an infectious giggle in words, but that’s exactly what you get when you speak to Alicia. Alicia is now 20 years...

Learn more

Piper's Story: a dream more precious than Olympic gold

Hi, I am Piper Gilles. You may know me as a world-famous ice dancer. I competed in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. I am a 7...

Learn more

Upcoming Events

  • 07/Dec/2019: BrainWAVE BC 2019 Peter Pan: Vancouver, BC... Learn more >
  • 10/Dec/2019: Virtual Support Group West: Virtual Support Group for Western Canada... Learn more >
  • 10/Dec/2019: Groupe de soutien virtuel: Un groupe de soutien virtuel pour personnes touchées par une tumeur... Learn more >
  • 10/Dec/2019: Kitchener and Waterloo Support Group: Meets at Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Rd., Waterloo, ON... Learn more >
View All Events >
Thank you to the donors whose contributions make this website and all programs, services and research possible.

Copyright © 2019 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Charitable Registration #BN118816339RR0001